International Trade

  • August 21, 2014

    New Census Rule Allows Agencies To Share Export Data

    The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday said it has tweaked confidentiality rules over confidential export data collected by the government, allowing other federal agencies’ data to be collected in unified digital hub overseen by the Census Bureau as part of the International Trade Data System.

  • August 21, 2014

    US Plans $2.3B In Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia, Turkey

    The U.S. Department of Defense said on Thursday that it plans to sell $2.3 billion worth of military equipment to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, with the bulk of the sales coming from a military air warning and control system that will be sold to Saudi Arabia through a contract with The Boeing Co.

  • August 21, 2014

    Judge Calls Argentina Debt Proposal Illegal, Balks At Contempt

    A New York federal judge on Thursday lambasted a proposal by Argentina to pay holders of its sovereign debt beyond the reach of U.S. courts, but stopped short of holding the country in contempt.

  • August 21, 2014

    Tech Giants Back Fed. Circ. Limits On ITC Patent Authority

    Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and a host of other technology companies have urged the full Federal Circuit to uphold a panel decision that barred the U.S. International Trade Commission from hearing induced patent infringement cases when a product only infringes after importation.

  • August 21, 2014

    Clerical Error Leads US To Cut Taiwan Solar Panel Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has made a marked reduction to the level of initial tariffs applied to imports of Taiwanese solar panels that have been sold in the U.S. at unfairly low prices after correcting ministerial errors that led to a faulty anti-dumping margin.

  • August 20, 2014

    Russia Shuts Down 4 McDonald's Restaurants

    Russia has suspended operations at four McDonald's Corp. restaurants in Moscow, citing "numerous sanitary violations," amid the country's ongoing sanctions battles with the U.S. and the European Union.

  • August 20, 2014

    Russia Eases Food Import Ban To Boost Domestic Producers

    The Russian government announced on Wednesday that it is easing its recently enacted ban on food imports from countries that have handed down sanctions in response to the Ukraine crisis by exempting certain items that may benefit its own domestic food production. 

  • August 20, 2014

    Amazon To Set Up Shop In Shanghai Free Trade Zone Inc. will expand its business into Shanghai's free trade zone, hoping to sell merchandise in China, the Seattle retailer said late Wednesday. 

  • August 20, 2014

    Aerospace Co. Head Pleads Not Guilty To Illegal Exports

    The co-founder of aerospace technology company Valley Forge Composite Technologies Inc. pled not guilty in Kentucky federal court Friday to conspiracy and money laundering charges stemming from his allegedly illegal microcircuit sales to Hong Kong and China.

  • August 20, 2014

    Ex-Im Chief Threatened With Subpoenas In Renewal Probe

    The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee on Monday criticized the U.S. Export-Import Bank for failing to provide the committee with information that lawmakers have requested as they consider renewing the Ex-Im charter, saying that the panel may force the bank to comply through subpoenas.

  • August 20, 2014

    Argentina Plans To Skirt US Courts, Pay Bonds Locally

    The president of Argentina on Tuesday announced a plan to pay holders of its sovereign debt outside of the reach of U.S. courts, after a New York federal judge blocked a payment to bondholders who agreed to restructurings, which led the country to default for the second time in 13 years.

  • August 20, 2014

    2nd Circ. Won't Revisit EU's RICO Suit Against RJ Reynolds

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday stood by its April opinion holding that Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims can apply to conduct outside the U.S., leaving intact a decision to revive a European Union suit alleging a criminal money-laundering and cigarette-smuggling scheme run by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

  • August 19, 2014

    Samsung To Pay $2.3M To End FCA Suit Over Trade Breach

    Samsung Electronics America Inc. has agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a whistleblower suit in Maryland federal court accusing the tech giant of violating the False Claims Act by providing resellers with inaccurate information regarding its products’ country of origin, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • August 19, 2014

    Lawsky Bares Teeth With Latest Standard Chartered Penalty

    With Tuesday's latest penalty for Standard Chartered PLC over anti-money laundering violations, New York Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin Lawsky is proving himself to be as feared an enforcer as his federal counterparts — if not even more so.

  • August 19, 2014

    EFF Calls On Wyden To Pull Back Trade Deal Curtain

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Tuesday implored Sen. Ron Wyden, head of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, to craft more transparent rules overseeing the negotiation and passage of free trade agreements, warning against overly restrictive protections for copyrights.

  • August 19, 2014

    Google Urges ITC Not To Bar Smartphone Sales In Patent Row

    Google asked the U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday not to bar the sale of smartphones containing its software that Black Hills Media LLC alleges violate patents allowing smartphones to share media across platforms, saying a ban would cripple the U.S. smartphone market.

  • August 19, 2014

    UAE Shipping Co. Dinged For Moving Computer Parts To Iran

    A United Arab Emirates-based freight and cargo services company has reached a deal to settle allegations lodged by the U.S. Department of Commerce that it aided in the shipment of about 2,300 computer motherboards to Iran in violation U.S. export regulations, the agency disclosed Tuesday.

  • August 19, 2014

    Standard Chartered To Pay $300M For Fraud Control Failures

    New York’s financial regulator on Tuesday ordered Standard Chartered PLC to pay an additional $300 million and put a stop to some dollar-clearing businesses based out of Asia and the Middle East after a monitor found the British bank had not met standards set in an earlier sanctions violation settlement.

  • August 19, 2014

    CIT OKs Currency Conversion Fix In Bearings Duty Case

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Tuesday ruled that the U.S. Department of Commerce had complied with its order to re-examine and fix a foreign-currency conversion error in an anti-dumping duty order on tapered roller bearings from China.

  • August 19, 2014

    APEC Panel Moves On Trade Facilitation Despite WTO Impasse

    Members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation on Monday vowed to do everything in their power to improve the flow of goods across their borders even as a deal to upgrade global trade facilitation languishes before the World Trade Organization.

Expert Analysis

  • Recent FTAIA Cases Leave Important Questions Unresolved

    Jeffrey Jacobovitz

    In the last five months, three circuit courts have interpreted the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act, with some staking out differing positions on important aspects — namely, the requirement that foreign anti-competitive conduct have a direct effect on U.S. commerce in order to fall outside the FTAIA's general exemption for foreign conduct, say Jeffrey Jacobovitz and David Hobson of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP.

  • How To Control Risk And Cost Of E-Discovery

    "If you follow the philosophy of saving everything you're just multiplying exponentially the costs and risks of litigation and investigations," says Robert Owen, partner in charge of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP's New York office and president of the Electronic Discovery Institute.

  • Inside 2nd Circ. Ruling On Overseas Whistleblower

    Mary Beth Hogan

    For companies with global operations, the Second Circuit's recent decision in Liu v. Siemens AG should provide at least some level of comfort that allegations by foreign employees regarding conduct exclusively outside the United States are outside the reach of Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation provision, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

  • Disc Drive Ruling May Make ITC Less Attractive To NPEs

    Sten Jensen

    If affirmed by the U.S. International Trade Commission, the administrative law judge's ruling in Optical Disc Drives would continue the trend of recent decisions heightening the domestic industry requirement for nonpracticing entities, say Sten Jensen and Jordan Coyle of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • 5 Most Common Weaknesses In Anti-Corruption Compliance

    Michael Volkov

    Chief compliance officers who spend more than 20 percent of their time on gifts, meals, entertainment and travel procedures and expenses are prime examples of misguided compliance, says Michael Volkov of The Volkov Law Group LLC.

  • The Missed Trade Facilitation Deadline — What Now?

    Terence Stewart

    India's recent refusal to add the trade facilitation agreement to the World Trade Organization agreements sends the WTO once again to the precipice of irrelevance for trade negotiations. WTO members need to surprise themselves by exhibiting leadership to get the process restarted — or 2014 will go down as a catastrophic failure of the WTO negotiating function, says Terence Stewart of the Law Offices of Stewart and Stewart.

  • Inching Toward A Possible US-China Trade Settlement

    Bernd G. Janzen

    Finding terms that all major stakeholders in the ongoing U.S.-China solar cases can agree on will not be easy and indications that China may propose terms for a suspension agreement in one of the cases must be understood in a broader context — as a small step on a journey that promises to be long and difficult, say Bernd Janzen and Henry Almond of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • An In-House Lawyer's Top 10 Tips For Outside Counsel

    Francis M. Drelling

    To this day, I have yet to see a litigation hold letter that was written by someone who understands the realities of how a business is actually run. In-house counsel cannot issue decrees to business units that read like they are issued by the king to his subjects, says Francis Drelling, in-house counsel at Specialty Restaurants Corp.

  • Law Firms May Be Violating Copyrights

    Roy Kaufman

    On average, a legal professional forwards content to 14 different people per week. Yet many attorneys and staff lack an understanding of copyright and their firm’s specific policies regarding shared third-party materials, says Roy Kaufman of Copyright Clearance Center.

  • Latest US Sanctions On Russia Are Par For The Course

    Mario Mancuso

    The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security's recent final rule on export restrictions to Russia follows a trend in U.S. policy toward sanctioning strategic sectors such as energy, finance and defense, which are mirrored in recent measures imposed by the EU, say attorneys at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.